The sister-in-law of 32-year-old Pamela Cabriales, who was gunned down in her SUV in February while driving home from dining in Downtown Denver, said she was "so full of joy" and always had something to say to make people laugh.
Elizabeth Cabriales said Tuesday the family loves and misses Pamela. "We're going to do everything we can to take care of her son and to get justice for her."
The office of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has filed a motion to charge a 14-year-old suspect as an adult in connection with the fatal shooting. An 18-year-old is also being charged in connection with the death,
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for the victim's 5-year-old son Leo's college fund and other expenses. Elizabeth, who is married to Pamela's brother, said she hopes the money will help Leo feel like his mother is still with him and taking care of him.
"He reminds me of his mom, always laughing. Just a very lighthearted personality," Elizabeth said.
The GoFundMe had raised $36,750 shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pamela Cabriales, a real estate agent, was shot at about 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 20 while driving on West Colfax Avenue near the exit to Interstate 25. She had been driving home after having dinner with a friend in Downtown Denver.
Cabriales was shot at least once in the head, police said. There were eight bullet holes in her SUV's windshield.
She was hospitalized for several days before being pronounced dead last Wednesday, according to police.
A spokesperson for McCann’s office confirmed in an email Tuesday afternoon the motion to charge the juvenile suspect in adult court, and said they have a status conference set for March 23 at 9 a.m. She said the office could not provide more information until the transfer process finishes.
The district attorney’s office said Monday prosecutors believe that the 14-year-old male suspect shot Cabriales and that Neshan Johnson, 18, drove a getaway car.
Both suspects face two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference and one count of attempted first-degree assault with extreme indifference.
The juvenile faces two counts of being an aggravated juvenile offender. His name has not been made public.
Johnson also faces one count of vehicular eluding. His advisement hearing is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m.
Elizabeth Cabriales said she recognizes that "justice" is difficult to define, because nothing can bring Pamela back.
"At this point, we're just having faith that God is going to have the last say," she said.
The arrest report states witnesses said a suspect approached the passenger side of Cabriales’ car on foot while it was stopped and then fired into the vehicle at least six times. The report says her windshield had eight bullet holes.
Johnson is also a suspect in a shooting at a Denver McDonald’s the day before Cabriales was shot in which a car passenger fired three times into the restaurant after an altercation with workers.
A few hours after Cabriales was shot, police pursued a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the McDonald’s shooting, a dark Honda sedan. The car did not immediately stop and eventually crashed to a stop on West Byers Place.
Three suspects that ran from the car were arrested after a perimeter search, police said, and were later identified as Johnson and two underage boys. Johnson was found hiding in a shed.
The arrest report says officers found two AR-15 rifles in the car.
Witnesses identified Johnson as the getaway driver and one of the juvenile boys, 14, as the shooter. The third suspect has been released without charges.
This story has been updated to correctly state the age of Pamela Cabriales' son.